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Research at St Andrews

Philip John Roscoe


Philip John Roscoe
Postal address:
School of Management
Gateway Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 461973

Research overview

I am a qualitative social scientist interested in markets – how markets are organised and how they work as organising devices. I am a leading member of the growing field of ‘market studies’, an approach informed by science and technology studies, as well as sociology, accounting and organization studies. This literature emphasises the material and social organization of markets, but often ignores more traditional political-economic concerns.  I have sought to counter this absence, with a particular focus on the ethics and politics of market structures, accessed through empirical work. I have, for example, studied the organisation of ‘fairness’ in transplant allocation and how online dating enacts instrumentally rational, calculative romances. I have a long-standing interest in financial markets, often taking a critical perspective: my most recent project constructed a historical sociology of two stock markets founded in the 1990s. I advocate participatory, impactful work, an approach that I seek to follow in my own practice. Future research plans involve an attempt to rethink the possibilities of market arrangements through an engagement with cultural and narrative scholarship. Beyond contributions to my field, I am best known for my long-running interest in public engagement: I was one of the first cohort of BBC Radio Three’s New Generation Thinkers, and published a book ‘I Spend therefore I Am’ (Penguin/Viking) for a broader audience in 2014. I am currently producing a podcast series ‘How to Build a Stock Exchange’.

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